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  • Get ready to cast off during the Tuna Kahuna, a free fishing contest for kids 15 and younger, on Saturday, June 18, at Panton Mill Park in South Elgin.

      Get ready to cast off during the Tuna Kahuna, a free fishing contest for kids 15 and younger, on Saturday, June 18, at Panton Mill Park in South Elgin.
    BRIAN HILL/June 2010

 
Submitted by South Elgin Parks and Recreation

On Saturday, June 18, the South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the FUNdation, will host its 16th annual Tuna Kahuna fishing contest at Panton Mill Park in South Elgin.

For the past 15 years, parents and grandparents have been bringing their children for this fishing experience.

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This special event is for children 15 years and younger. Kids will get a taste of fishing, while at the same time get the chance to become the big "Kahuna."

A DJ will be on site and prizes will be awarded for each participant. They will also have food and soft beverages are available for purchase at the food tent.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish in length in seven different categories: bass, blue gill, bullhead, carp, catfish, drum and other.

The day begins with registration at 8 a.m. and the event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteer staff will help the kids land their fish.

Each child who catches a fish receives a "Catch and Release" certificate. Tuna Kahuna gives children the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate our natural resources.

This is a day of learning and fun. All participants must be accompanied by an adult and need to bring their own fishing equipment and bait.

For more information about the event, call (847) 622-0003 or visit southelgin.com.

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